Tips to Make Traveling Easier
By Aubrie K.
Whether it’s a flight across the ocean or a road trip across America you’re planning to take, there is no doubt that it’s easy to become stressed or overwhelmed when trying to prepare for your trip. Travel can definitely be stressful, but there are simple ways you can make it a much more pleasant and comfortable experience. Here are a few tips to make travel a breeze!
1. Pack light. As tempting as it may be, try not to pack more than you think you will actually wear or use. It’s always a good idea to pack one or two extra days’ worth of clothes and oth-er necessities in case of something unforeseen, but try to bring only what you ‘need’. This will make packing to come home much easier and more efficient. It also helps to make lists ahead of time of what you will need for your trip—this will make making a breeze and ensure you don’t forget anything.
2. Make sure to account for any souvenirs you plan to bring home. Most airlines have a weight limit for checked luggage, and going over that limit can be costly! Unless you pack items that won’t be coming home with you, be sure to make sure your suitcase is at least a few pounds under the weight limit so that you have room in suitcase to bring home anything you buy while on your trip. If you’re on a road trip, be sure to leave room in your bags for souvenirs.
3. Bring entertainment! Although most longer flights offer movies, T.V. shows, and games, it’s always a good idea to bring a novel, puzzle book, portable art supplies, or other activities to keep you occupied. This will help your travel time fly by!
4. If you’re flying to your destination, be sure to pack at least one day’s worth of clothing, and any absolute necessities, in your carry-on luggage. While it’s always scary to think about this possibility, keep in mind that any of your checked-luggage has the potential to be lost! By packing a day’s worth of clothes in your carry on, you are essentially creating your own backup plan in case your luggage gets lost—you will have clothing to ‘hold you over’ until the airline is able to connect your luggage to you. If you’re on road trip, pack an extra bag with anything you need during the actual trip to keep with you in the car, so that you won’t have to access your suitcases each time you need something.
5. Wear comfortable clothing. Being stuck in a cramped space for an extended period of time can be made much less unpleasant by simply wearing comfortable clothing so you won’t feel as restricted while you’re in your seat.
6. Bring a pillow and blanket. Naps are an easy way to mass time on road trips or flights. Bring a pillow and blanket so you can be comfortable in your car and cozy up for a nap if you want. Many longer flights will provide these items, but it’s always nice to check or bring your own.
7. Pack snacks. Packing your own healthy snacks for a road trip will help lessen the amount of times you need to stop for food—which means you’ll get to your location faster! If you’re flying, you may want to bring your own snacks if airplane meals aren’t suitable for you or don’t seem appealing.